Get Ready to Host! - A Practical Guide to be a Good Host

A Project Prototype by Hiroko Schierman

published on Jan 31, 2019

In this project, my Japanese III and IV students create a guide to prepare American students and their families to host a student visiting from Japan. In the process of the project, the students examine some positive and negative examples of homestay experience, find the expectations of the students visiting from Japan (the guests), and define the potential challenges and difficulties the hosts and the guests might encounter. With that knowledge, they make a practical guide to help the American students and their families becomimg confident as hosts. The community partners for this project are the students and their family of Koishikawa Secondary Education School in Tokyo, the local Japanese speaking community, and a group of students and their families who are interesed in hosting a student from Japan. This project gives my students an opportunity to communicate with our local Japanese speaking community and the students in Tokyo in the target language in the authentic situation. Moreover, the participating American students and their families can deepen their understanding of cultural similarities and differences between Japan and the U.S. Finally, it also encourages all the participants to be open to a new experience.

 

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Preparing for the Project

How was your trip?

What is a homestay program?

Launching the Project

Participating a Japanese cultural festival

Managing the Project

Japan vs. the U.S.

How does that make you feel?

How would they feel?

Guide to be a Good Host

Assessment

Participation

Proficiency Assessment

Feedback

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Preparing for the Project

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Students reflect on their experience from their most memorable trip.  They are asked to describe different aspects of their trip according to the prompts. This activity encourages the students to think what makes a meaningful trip.

Task Extension

Students discuss a trip that they consider ideal and create an itinerary.

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Students conduct a research on different types of educational travel programs from one commercial website and find pros and cons of homestay experience from one blog.  In the process of their research, students make a list of high frequency vocabulary related to the homestay program.

 

Technology Tips

Requires an access to a computer

Launching the Project

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Students learn basic greetings prior to particpating in the festival. They are encouraged to work with other Japanese volunteers and experience the authentic communication in the target language. They are asked to reflect on their experience after the festival.  

Managing the Project

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Ameircan students create a video clip to invite Japanese students to participate in a survey.  Students conduct a survey to investigate several aspects of Japanese student’s daily life, such as transportation, leisure, daily schedule, personal belief and more. Students discuss the differences and the similarities between the life of American and Japanese high school students.

 

Technology Tips

Flipgrid is an easy application to share student's video clip and receive a feedback from students in Japan. Google Forms is good to create a sruvey. You can adjust the settings on Google Forms so that the survey result will be automatically exported to Google Sheets.

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Reading Comprehension task: Students work on the worksheet individually first and share their answers with a classmate.  

Task Extension

The class can continue learning how to describe the emotions and how to ask for help.  

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Based on the understanding from the frist survey "Japan vs. the U.S.", students discuss what can be challenging situations for a student from Japan during the homestay. The students get in the groups of three and create a survey to investigate the Japanese student's emotional response to those situations.

Technology Tips

Students create the surveys on Google Forms. They can adjust the setting so that the survey result will be automatically exported to a Google Sheets.

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After the examination of the second survey result, students create a medium to inform the host families of a potential challenge that a guest may have and to introduce the ways to lower the stress for both the hosts and the guests. Students are split into the smaller groups according to their choice of the challnege. After the completion of the product, students share the product with the audience.

Assessment

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Teacher gives a participation grade. Teacher take the audience feedback into a consideration. 

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Teacher assesses the survey and the videp the students created with the rubric.  

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At the final presentation, the participants are asked to give a written feedback on student's product.  

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